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Igor (2003)

IGOR....... Talking Chess Computer

Hear swords clang, horses gallop, men march, drums beat and many other sound effects. If you are a beginner, let IGOR teach you how to play chess. But beware, because IGOR is strong enough to beat over 90% of all chess players on his top level.

  • Large Speaking Vocabulary with Exciting Sound
  • 100 Levels of Play
  • Chess Clock with Countdown timer
  • Excalibur’s Exclusive Teach Mode

WHAT IS OUR TALKING TEACH MODE? ..... IGOR’s Talking Teach Mode teaches beginners in a simple, methodical way the fundamentals of chess, ranging from individual-piece moves to game strategies.

New players can choose from five easy-to-follow Teach Modes..... As you are learning, IGOR is explaining how the pieces move; guiding you through every step. It’s fun and exciting and it’s now available exclusively in IGOR the talking chess set.

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Igor Talking Chess Computer” Box back cover.

THINKING ON THE OPPONENTS TIME..... As you play you will notice that the computer may reply to your moves instantaneously. This is because the computer thinks while you are thinking, using the same time you are contemplating a move to plan ahead and develop its strategies. The IGOR will try to anticipate the move you are likely to make and calculate a response for that move before you have made the move. If it has guessed right, it will strike immediately and play the move it found while you were thinking.

Excerpts taken from the Excalibur “Igor Talking Chess Computer” User Manual.

“Igor Talking Chess Computer” picture taken from box

“Igor Talking Chess Computer” picture taken from box

For many years there had been a lot of discussion regarding program authorship due to a lack of documented information on Excalibur Electronics specifically pertaining to their early day migration from distributor and reseller of chess computers to manufacturer. Ron Nelson author of the first chess computer sold to the public in his days at Fidelity Electronics and later the main person at Excalibur Electronics for programming and developing chess computers, in December 2015, began reporting on the history of Excalibur Electronics as well as Fidelity Electronics, attempting to fill in many of the historical gaps.

Ron Nelson reported that Excalibur Igor was developed by him, using a new program that he wrote for the H8 processor which incorporated some of his new ideas, including the implementation of Attack Tables, a concept Nelson had years previously observed on some Spracklen computers at Fidelity Electronics. Nelson learned the ideas behind Attack Bit Map Tables through subsequent interactions with Ken Thompson who explained to Nelson how the Belle Attack Bit Map Tables worked in practice. Nelson went on to write his own Attack Bit Map Tables with additional new ideas that he wanted to try out that are now incorporated in Excalibur Mirage, Excalibur Ivan, Excalibur Grandmaster and Excalibur Igor electronic chess computers.

GM Larry Kaufmann was engaged as a chess consultant by Excalibur on the advice of Nelson to assist him in fine tuning the chess knowledge of the new H8 chess program that Nelson initially programmed into Excalibur Mirage and later also implemented in his future other H8 processor models, Ivan, Grandmaster and Igor.

Excalibur Igor was contracted for manufacturing by Excalibur Electronics to the EWIG Industries Hong Kong Office in Kowloon which is a subsidiary of EWIG Industries Macao Commercial Offshore Limited in Macau whose electronic manufacturing factory is situated in the Guangdong Province of China.

For reading of Ron Nelson’s reports go to: Hiarcs Forum

Information

Igor (1997)

Igor (2003)

Box

Igor (2003) Box

Push Button Controls

Igor (2003) Push Button Controls

User Manual

Igor (2003) User Manual

“WARNING, YOU’LL LOSE YOUR QUEEN”

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Excalibur Electronics, Inc

Ron Nelson

Year:

5/29/1997

Manufacturer ELO

2200 USCF

Original Price

$89.95

Wiki ELO:

1845

Model #:

711E

My Serial #:

N/A

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

HITACHI H8/3214

8 Bit Single Chip

12 Mhz

32 KB

1 KB

Battery Operated:

1.5V x 4 (AA Size)

Adapter Option:

DC in 6V

Display Type:

LCD P5 S7 16R

Board Type:

Sensory Electronic

Board Size:

8” x 8”

Overall Size:

12” x 10” x 7/8”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Touch Sensory Board

Push Button

100

Yes

12 Moves

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Mate in 6 ply

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

Level 53

Tournament Level:

Levels 92 & 93

Infinite Level:

Level 94

Game Information

Schachcomputer.Info

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

178

43

50

85

38.2

1857

12

11

0

1

91.66

2105

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Tournaments & Matches

Active Chess (30 seconds per move)

2007/8 EXCALIBUR CHESS TOURNAMENT

TIME CONTROLS

YEAR

# OF CONTESTANTS

# OF GAMES PLAYED

FINAL PLACEMENT

START ELO

END ELO

STATUS

Active

2007/8

4

12

1 st

1845

2105

Ongoing

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